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City Centre

The city centre of Chanthaburi is well known as the hub of gemstone mining and trade, in exactly the same way as Trat, which is one its neighboring provinces. Travelling from Bangkok by car, drivers should drive along the Motorway to Highway No.344, and then proceed on Highway No.3. There is also the bus from Bangkok’s Eastern Bus Terminal that leaves every hour from the early morning until midnight. The busiest site of this province is Gem Road, which is the largest cut gems market in Thailand. On the left of Chanthaburi River is the Gothic style, 275-year-old Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception that can lay claim to being the largest Catholic Church in Thailand. Visiting the old town at the riverside Sukhaphiban Road is an easy way to appreciate the areas heritage that is reflected in Vietnamese and French influenced buildings. Heading to the south of the town will lead tourists to Namtok Phlio National Park where waterfalls and lush landscapes can be found. For those seeking accommodation in town, there are a hadnful of tourist class hotels to choose from.